February 3rd is a day for us to set aside everything in our lives to pay homage to the carrot. Forget about the Super Bowl, forget about the half time show, take this time reflect on your life spent eating these crunchy orange veggies. Your skin is thanking you, so are your eyes and your overall health. Did you know…
-Carrots come in more than just orange? Go out and get yourself some red, purple, white or yellow variety to shake things up.
-The average person will consume 10,866 carrots in a lifetime.
– The classic Bugs Bunny carrot is the “Danvers” type.
– Carrots were the first vegetable to be canned commercially.
-Three carrots can give you enough energy to walk three miles
-Carrots are more nutricious cooked than raw.
– Carrots have one of the highest content of beta carotene (vitamin A) of all vegetables.
Carrots are loaded with good stuff, check it out: Vitamin A or beta carotene, helps maintain the health of your eyes and the ability to adjust to changes in light and keeps the moisture level where they should be. Vitamin K may help reduce your risk to certain cancers while also helping maintain the bloods ability to clot. Vitamin C keep your immune system running strong. Fiber, well fiber help you poop, enough said. Potassium helps reduce your risk of stroke, high blood pressure and anxiety.
Now that you know how incredible good carrots are for you and you’ve set aside Feb 3rd to honor said vegetable, time to get cooking! Check out all these great recipe…
Carrot Ribbon Salad 1 of 13This would be a great opportunity to use multiple colors of carrots. Go forth!
Make Carrot ribbon salad
Ginger Carrot Apple Cakes 2 of 13Just because it's a cake doesn't mean it can't have some good for you stuff in there and this recipe is a perfect example of where health and deliciousness collide.
Make ginger carrot apple cakes
Glazed Honey Carrots 3 of 13Sounds like dessert to me.
Make honey glazed carrots
Healthiest Take On Carrot Cake 4 of 13See?! Another reason to eat cake!
Make healthier take on carrot cake
Curried Carrot Tahini Slaw 5 of 13The just might lead to a flavor explosion of goodness in my mouth.
Make curried carrot tahini slaw
Carrot Parsnip Puree 6 of 13Why do potatoes get all the mashed goodness? Time to get your carrot mash on.
Make carrot and parsnip puree
Carrot Cake In A Jar 7 of 13So you can take your cake with you where ever you might go.
Make carrot cake in a jar
Pickled Carrots 8 of 13LOVE! Every time we go to a certain mexican restaurant I go through bowls and bowls of these. Seriously, why bother ordering food at all when I'm good with these?
Make pickled carrots
Carrot Cake Cookies 9 of 13Oh hello my little mess free handheld carrot cake.
Make carrot cake cookies
Carrot Cake Pancakes 10 of 13What?! Some genius combined pancakes and carrot cake. Thank you for your brain.
Make carrot cake pancakes
Carrot Souffle 11 of 13You know how in a restaurant they tell you the soufflÃ© takes 20 minutes so you skip it? Don't skip this one.
Make carrot soufflÃ©
Carrot Ginger Soup 12 of 13It's flu season, skip the old chicken noodle and give your illness a good strong kick in the aches with this healthy powerhouse.
Make carrot ginger soup
Magical heart Carrot and Tomato 13 of 13So cute, so easy, perfect for kids. 'nuf said.
Make magical heart carrots and tomatoes
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